Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday (Apr 14) urged dozens of heads of state and government gathered for an Islamic summit in Istanbul to end sectarian divisions in the Muslim world and fight terror together.

Turkey is seeking to showcase its influence among the world’s estimated 1.7 billion Muslims, particularly in lands once controlled by the Ottoman Empire, at the two-day summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which it will chair for the next two years.

But the meeting bringing together over 30 leaders has been shadowed by sectarian-tinged conflicts in Syria and Yemen that have pitted Shiite Muslims – led by regional power Iran – against Sunni Muslim powers like Saudi Arabia.

“I believe the greatest challenge we need to surmount is sectarianism. My religion is not that of Sunnis, of Shiites. My religion is Islam,” Erdogan said in his opening speech.

“We should be uniting. Out of the conflicts, the tyranny, only the Muslims suffer,” he said, adding the summit meeting could be a “turning point” for the whole Islamic world.

Erdogan lashed out at Islamic State (IS) militants who seized swathes of Syria and Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria as two “terrorist organisations that are serving the same evil purpose.”

He said that the OIC had accepted a Turkish proposal to set up a multinational police coordination centre for Islamic states to fight militants, to be based in Istanbul.

“We need to establish an organisation to further strengthen cooperation in the fight against terror,” he said.

 

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abu aid al britani
abu aid al britani
2016-04-14 18:53

He has his own agenda

Вукашин Јелениђ
Вукашин Јелениђ
2016-04-14 19:37

ones he talk,other things he do.Its nice in the public to say good words.Everytime when the whole world hates you its a good move.

TC Jin Ds
TC Jin Ds
2016-04-14 19:19

fight terror? will they fight now eachother?

Sergeo An Dorcha
Sergeo An Dorcha
2016-04-14 19:15

Ha that is rich coming from him.

Νίκος Πάφρας
Νίκος Πάφρας
2016-04-14 19:12

lol good luck

ausoloda
ausoloda
2016-04-14 19:08

Però Erdogan finanzia il terrore…allora di cosa soffre, schizofrenia?

Rojparez
Rojparez
2016-04-14 19:06

all this b*****d are the Terrorists they talk about!

Lee Jay Walker
Lee Jay Walker
2016-04-14 21:25

Utter comedy – what a farce ….

Nestor
Nestor
2016-04-15 04:09

Erdogan está pensando en los Kurdos, sólo ellos son considerados terroristas para el gobierno Turco.

Thierry Vanroy
Thierry Vanroy
2016-04-15 06:10

So get rid of the wahhabi state and your own Ottoman delusions, hypocrite!